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House Committee Passes Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill

On June 24, the House Appropriations Committee approved, 30-21, the FY2016 Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee cleared the legislation on June 17 (see The Source, 6/19/15).

According to the committee report, the legislation would provide $154.5 billion in discretionary funding, $3.7 billion below FY2015 and $14.6 billion below President Obama’s request.

The legislation includes a total of $71.302 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services. This amount represents an increase of $298.464 million above the FY2015 level, but is $3.944 billion below the administration’s request.

Within the $211.3 million allocated for the Injury Prevention and Control Program is $92.3 million to be given to programs that seek “to prevent premature death and disability and to reduce human suffering and medical costs caused by [intentional] injury and violence,” including by domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault (p. 47).

The measure would encourage continued collaboration between the Administration for Children and Families and Health Resources and Services Administration on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (p. 33) and would provide $46 million for safe motherhood and infant health initiatives (p. 41). The bill also would encourage programs that expand efforts to guarantee skilled support for breastfeeding between hospitals and community health settings (p. 106).

In addition, the committee cites its awareness of the “recent news coverage highlighting studies about mammography screening for breast cancer that questions the use and validity of screening for discovering cancers.” The committee notes that “[g]iven the current controversies over screenings and the need to validate new screening technologies versus existing technologies, it is clear that a new, comprehensive study of these issues is warranted” and encourages NCI [National Cancer Institute] to support research to address these issues and to hopefully provide women and physicians with a clearer, more informed picture of how breast cancer imaging should be considered as part of the overall women’s health care environment and urges the secretary not to implement changes to the breast cancer screening recommendations until this research is completed.” (p. 58).

The bill would fund substance abuse treatment programs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The measure includes $8.724 million for opioid treatment programs and activities, $15.931 million to treat pregnant and postpartum women, and $29.605 million for programs targeted to children and families (p. 84).

The Department of Labor would be funded at $11.882 billion, $63.366 million below FY2015 and $1.298 billion below the president’s request.

The Department of Education would receive $64.224 billion, $2.912 million below FY2015 and $6.523 billion below the president’s request.

The committee adopted, by voice vote, an amendment by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) to designate $750,000 in funding within the Children and Families Services programs account to be used for a child poverty study.

The following chart details funding for programs important to women and their families.

Program/Agency FY2015 President’s FY2016 Request FY2016
Department of Labor
Dislocated Worker’s Assistance $1.236 billion $1.262 billion $1.089 billion
Women in Apprenticeships $994,000 $0 $0
Women’s Bureau $11.536 million $11.788 million $11.709 million
International Labor Affairs $91.125 million $94.517 million $32 million*
Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $6.347 billion $6.462 billion $6.049 billion
Community Health Centers $1.491 billion $1.492 billion $1.492 billion
Maternal and Child Health Bureau $851.738 million $851.738 million $843.617 million
Maternal and Child Health Block Grant $637 million $637 million $638.2 million
Heritable Disorders $13.883 million $13.883 million $13.883 million
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening $17.818 million $17.818 million $17.818 million
Healthy Start $102 million $102 million $102 million
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act $2.319 billion $2.323 billion $2.319 billion
Ryan White Part D – Children, Youth, Women, and Families Programs $75.088 million $0 $75.008 million
Family Planning $286.479 million $300 million $0
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (discretionary) $6.023 billion $6.151 billion $6.096 billion
Global Health $416.517 million $448.092 million $426.925 million
HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Prevention $1.118 billion $1.162 billion $1.118 billion
National Institutes of Health (NIH) $30.084 billion $31.084 billion $31.184 billion
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities $269.154 million $281.549 million $272.493 million
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration $3.62 billion $3.664 billion $3.643 billion
Substance Abuse Treatment $2.196 billion $2.141 billion $2.197 billion
Administration for Children and Families $30.567 billion $33.709 billion $32.222 billion
Child Support Enforcement $3.654 billion $4.071 billion $4.383 billion
Refugee and Entrant Assistance (aid to victims of trafficking) $15.75 million $22 million $15.755 million
Refugee and Entrant Assistance (unaccompanied minors) $948 million $1.627 billion $818 million
Child Care Development Block Grant $2.435 billion $2.805 billion $2.435 billion
Children and Families Services Programs $10.346 billion $11.911 billion $10.552 billion
Head Start $8.598 billion $10.118 billion $8.79 billion
Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs $114.141 million $123 million $114.141 million
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment Activities $93.818 million $114 million $93.818 million
Abandoned Infants Assistance $11.063 million $11.063 million $11.063 million
Child Welfare Training and Services $284.719 million $284.719 million $284.719 million
Adoption Incentives $77.043 million $80.565 million $77.043 million
Family Violence/Battered Women’s Shelters $135 million $150 million $145 million
National Domestic Violence Hotline $4.5 million $12.3 million $4.5 million
Promoting Safe and Stable Families $404.765 million $434.765 million $404.765 million
Office of the Secretary $512.862 million $558.594 million $419.422 million
Abstinence Education $5 million $0 $10 million
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Grants $101 million $104.79 million $20 million
Office for Civil Rights $38.798 million $42.705 million $38.798 million
Office of Minority Health $56.67 million $56.67 million $56.67 million
Office on Women’s Health $32.14 million $31.5 million $31.5 million
Minority HIV/AIDS $52.224 million $53.9 million $52.224 million
Department of Education
Title I Grants to LEAs $14.41 billion $15.41 billion $14.41 billion
Special Education Grants for Infants and Families $438.556 million $503.556 million $438.556 million
Child Care Access Means Students in School (CCAMPIS) $15.134 million $15.134 million $15.134 million
Office for Civil Rights $100 million $100 million $100 million

*Amount does not include funding for grants.




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